The Longtime Fifth Avenue Apartment of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Granddaughter Lists for $7M

If you’re hoping to own a piece of Manhattan history while living with posh amenities, look no further than 1120 Fifth Avenue. One of the most desirable buildings in Carnegie Hill, it was built by J.E.R. Carpenter in 1925. FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt’s psychologist granddaughter Sara Wilford lived in the building for over 50 years. First in 3A for 25 years, then in 9C until her passing in October of 2022. That 3,000-square-foot apartment has now listed for $6.995 million.

The public and private spaces of the home are designated to two different areas, clearly separating zones for nighttime calm and exciting entertainment. The home opens into a 19-foot gallery, where one’s eyes may be first drawn to the awe-inspiring views of the city. Nodding to the legacy of First Ladies, sights of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir fill the windows.

A gas fireplace sits in the living room, perfect for rainy days at home or setting the mood for casual get-togethers. Off of the living room is a wood-paneled library where one can relax with a good history book contemplating the apartment’s unique ties. While the kitchen may not be the hub of entertaining, the sophisticated dining room awaits for hosting dinner parties or holiday meals.

There are a total of three bedrooms and three bathrooms, each complete with walk-in closets and ensuites. The Upper East Side abode also boasts quintessential Manhattan views while sitting within a luxurious, high-security building where those who seek privacy can truly find ease.

Wilford’s longtime apartment is just one residential connection to the Roosevelts in New York. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt spent significant time in city, and areas just upstate, throughout her life. Take a peek at her Germantown childhood home or revamped UES townhome before navigating to this current listing with John Burger of Brown Harris Stevens.